Al-Ahli ‘close to signing Roberto Firmino’

June 28, 2023
Al-Ahli 'close to signing Roberto Firmino'

Al-Ahli, a Saudi Arabian club, is allegedly close to signing Roberto Firmino, a soon-to-be free agent.
The forward’s eight-year association with Liverpool will come to an end when his contract at Anfield expires on June 30.

Firmino is also in links with a move to Europe, with Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Inter Milan.

Firmino, on the other hand, has piqued the curiosity of Saudi Arabia’s big spenders, with newly promoted Al-Ahli lately stepping up their chase of the striker.

Al-Ahli are ‘advancing to the last phases’ of signing Firmino, according to writer Fabrizio Romano, after conducting conversations with the forward’s agents.

A three-year deal is likely to be on the table for Firmino, but Romano claims that certain issues need to be worked out before the Brazilian agrees to relocate to the Middle East.

Al-Ahli closing in on Liverpool’s Firmino Signing

Al-Ahli are also reportedly close to acquiring Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. Mendy has reportedly passed his physical and signed a three-year contract.

Firmino won Premier League, FA Cup, EFL Cup, Community Shield, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup. He succedeed all of those titles while at Liverpool.

The dynamic forward scored 111 goals and assisted 79 times in 362 appearances for the Merseysiders in all competitions. Later he faced injuries by which his playing time got limited in 2022-23.

Firmino and Mendy are two of the latest stars likely to leave European football for the Saudi Pro League, with Al-Ahli one of four teams currently managed by the nation’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), along with Al-Ittihad, Al-Hilal, and Al-Nassr.

Ruben Neves became the most expensive player in Saudi Arabian top-flight history after joining Al-Hilal for £47 million from Wolves. Al-Hilal also bought Kalidou Koulibaly from Chelsea for roughly £17 million.

Hakim Ziyech is likely to leave Chelsea and join Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr. N’Golo Kante and Karim Benzema finalized their transfers to Saudi Pro League winners Al-Ittihad earlier this month.

Other players are in the targest list with a move to Saudi Arabia. The list also includes Mohamed Salah, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva, Romelu Lukaku and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Wilfried Zaha.